Day 49: 50 Days All In

If you have asked yourself can I be a solo Christian, someone who can do it on their own not needing a church family to connect with, I would recommend studying the verse today. There are many men and women who have this attitude that the church is corrupt and broken, a place of hypocrites and vagabonds. I can make it better on my own they say, I can read books and watch or listen to various preachers. I don’t need to be associated with any group of believers, they will only drag me down. As we come to a close in our study of being all in what did Jesus have to say about going it alone.
I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.
John 17:20-23 NLT
This just isn’t something the church made up to keep people in the seats and shelling out cash. We are called into the family of God. Jesus in this passage asks his Father to help us be one with each other. Other times he calls us the body, a group who are dependant on each of them, supporting each other and are essential for functionality. We don’t live in a reality of the Adams Family where Thing (a lone hand) can run around independently and survive. In reality, a hand cut off will drain of life and die.
Separating yourself from the church family will cause you to lose focus and purpose. You see this all the time when students who come from Christian homes with Christian values go off to university and don’t quickly plug into a Christ believing church. Their values and purpose get distorted by the adopted school family they replace Christ with. We wonder why they have fallen away. Churches that are located near Colleges and Universities need to be there with open arms to these students.
So maybe you feel your church is dysfunctional and you are ready to leave, maybe you need to realize that the grass isn’t always greener. I challenge you to not give up. Don’t abandon the family, invest in it. Work towards the health, fight for the family. Take some time to self-evaluate and see what you are doing in the church, are you part of the problem or part of the solution. Don’t give in to the temptation to walk away from the problem, tackle it with prayer and communication. Pray that church becomes effective in the mission of reaching others. Be positive about your church, build it up. Love your family. Being in an all in relationship with God means being part of a family of believers. You cannot avoid it.
Father, too many Christians are dissatisfied with their church family. I pray that we start loving it and building it up. I ask that we start working harder at the mission of reaching others. I thank you for what you are doing, thank you for the dreams and visions you are giving the leadership of your church, I pray for workers and warriors who will work to fulfil these dreams and visions. Let us as a church become more effective in sharing your love to others as they matter to you so they should matter to us. We want an all in relationship with you, make us stronger in this resolve. Amen

Day 27: 50 Days All In

People over the years have come to believe that the “grass is greener on the other side” when it comes to problems in their church. They feel that if things aren’t going their way or they don’t like what’s happening well the church across town does things better and will welcome them with open arms. Jumping from one church to another may feel like the right thing to do but if we want to have an all in relationship with God we need to be rooted in a family of believers, this can’t be done if you are uprooted every other month or year.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:5 NLT
We all know the truth that it isn’t always greener, yet we have convinced ourselves that what we have is so damaged that nothing can be done to fix it. The grass may be greener on the other side, yet it may be artificial grass. No roots and what you see is what you get. Once you get there you may feel fine, but then pull back a seam and realize that under the turf they were no different than the church you left.
All churches are filled with imperfect people with imperfect problems. Every church has people quick to anger, bad decisions being made (in your opinion or otherwise), slow to forgive and broken. No church in itself can meet all your needs as they are imperfect. The one we serve is perfect. The one we go to church to worship is perfect. If he is the focus and driving forces behind your church, then that’s what matters.
Grass grows where it is watered. The grass is greenest when it is maintained. If members of the church (not visitors but regulars) are working to maintain the grass then the other side won’t look inviting anymore. Are you invested in your church? Don’t like something pray about it, support it anyways, ask God to use it despite your view on it. A church that is growing in Jesus, will show its fruit by having new people coming and people giving their hearts to Jesus.
Are you watering your grass? Or are you complaining about it? Find your church’s mission and vision statement, make that your prayer. Work with others in your church family to work towards fulfilling the purpose of the church, reaching those in need. Let’s do something and our all in relationship with God will grow much fruit.
Jesus, so many of us find it easy to complain. I pray that we start to turn our complaints into action. Let us start building up, maintaining, working and watering our church so that it becomes vibrant and alive. Let us be effective in reaching others for you. The people who are lost matter to you, so they matter to me. Amen

Day 48: 50 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Oman

We pray today for the believers in Oman. The laws of the ruling government provide a freedom to practice religions but only if they don’t conflict with established customs, public policies or public morals.
Of the population of 3.6 million, there are about 236 thousand believers. For more information check out Open Doors USA.
Father, we pray for Oman. We pray for the children who become entangled in between their beliefs and faith in God and the pressures they receive from families and schools to conform. We pray for the strength of these children to overcome these obstacles and become powerful witnesses for you. Provide these people with resources to learn more about you, if they don’t have access to bibles I pray that they will become available to them. Move among the people of Oman, rise up a church strong and willing to share your love with their neighbours. Amen

Day 47: 50 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Mauritania

We pray today for the believers in Mauritania. This nation is one of the poorest in the world. It can become easy to feel isolated as a believer with so few other believers around.


Of the population of under 4 million, there are a few thousand believers. For more information check out Open Doors USA.



Father, we pray for Mauritania. With so few believers the Christians in this nation can feel alone and will lack the disciplines needed as a follower of Christ. We pray that you will raise up leaders and missionaries in their own country who will be strengthened to share the love of Christ with their fellow countrymen. Work wonders in the reigning government and military, bless them as they do the work needed to be done and soften their hearts to the truth you bring to them. Move mightily among the believers in Mauritania. Amen

Day 45: 50 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Sri Lanka

We pray today for the believers in Sri Lanka. Church services can be expected to be interrupted by mobs of radicals who want their beliefs to be the only thing practices in the country. These are not small mobs, some have been in the thousands.


Of the population of under 20.3 million, there are an estimated 1.4 million believers. For more information check out Open Doors USA.



Father, we pray for Sri Lanka. We pray that those who want to worship you can do so without fear of mob interruptions. We pray for the reigning government that they would put a stop to the radical attacks of minority religions including Christianity.  Move among the leaders of Sri Lanka, soften their hearts to the Gospel and let change start from the top. We pray for peace among the people in Sri Lanka. Holy Spirit work miracles in the hearts of those who persecute the believers here. Amen


Day 23: 50 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Palestinian Territories

 Today we pray for the Palestinian Territories. A small number of believers exist in this country divided by regions. They are mostly in hiding as vigilant extremists think nothing of carrying out their own justice on those not following their faith.
For more information, Open Doors USA has some details. They estimate just over 70,000 Christians in the population of 5 million people.
Please pray with me and add your prayers in the comments.
Father, we pray for Palestinian Territories. We ask that you strengthen the believers here, give them hope that the work they are doing to reach the lost is not in vain. But that it is what needs to be done to reach those hardened in their ways. Reveal yourself to the Palestinian people in fresh and new ways, give them dreams and visions of you so they will want to find believers and ask who Jesus is. Turn the country upside down with people finding you. We pray for those who wish to harm our family of believers. We ask that you will blind their eyes from finding them, even better we pray that they will see the errors of their ways and repent. Father do mighty things in Palestinian. Amen

Day 15: 50 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Ubekistan

Day 15: 50 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Uzbekistan
Today we pray for Uzbekistan. A country wrought in post-communism, Christians are living in fear that they could be the next targets Converts from other faiths are persecuted.
For more information, Open Doors USA has some details. They estimate a 350,000 Christians in the population of just under 31 million.
Please pray with me and add your prayers in the comments.
Father, we pray for Uzbekistan. Our hearts go out to those who worship you. We pray for strength and a determination to reach the lost no matter the cost. Give them opportunities and miracles to be strong witnesses to your love. Do amazing things through your people. Spread like wildfire in Uzbekistan. We pray for the leadership of the country, soften their hearts to your truth. Bring believers with boldness to talk to the government officials and bring revival to Uzbekistan. Amen